Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Maya Moore tallied a season-high 28 points as the Minnesota Lynx snapped a three-game losing streak with an 88-57 triumph over the New York Liberty Sunday at Target Center.
Moore made 11 of 17 shots, including six of 10 from beyond the arc, Janel McCarville and Seimone Augustus added 12 points each while Rachel Jarry had 11 off the bench for the Lynx, who improved to 18-6 overall and 11-2 at home.
With the win, the Western Conference-leading Lynx grabbed a half-game edge over the streaking Los Angeles Sparks (18-7), who are currently on a six-game winning run.
Katie Smith and Alex Montgomery scored 11 points each for the Liberty (10-15), who lacked offensive firepower as injured leading scorer Cappie Pondexter was sidelined by a left heel bruise. Pondexter leads the Liberty in scoring with 18.7 points per game.
The loss dropped the Liberty to fifth place in the East, one game behind the Indiana Fever (11-14).
The Lynx shot 34-for-72 from the field for 47.2 percent while the Liberty struggled from the field, making just 20 of 64 attempts for 31.3 percent.
Minnesota also edged New York in rebounding, 37-34, had more assists (25-12) and blocks (8-1). The Liberty, for their part, committed 14 turnovers that the Lynx turned to 19 points.
The Liberty raced to a 4-0 lead behind jumpers by Smith and Plenette Pierson but the Lynx outscored them the rest of the first period, 29-12, for a 13-point lead.
A short jumper by Devereaux Peters and a three-pointer by Moore gave the Lynx a commanding 74-50 lead with 7:28 left in the final period.